Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pen Pals Post: Behind-The-Scenes

I don't think I write very many behind-the-scenes type of posts. I feel like I would come off as whiny and complain-y and who wants to hear that, right? But I saw this sign at Beckie's Infarrantly Creative Facebook page recently and I thought that a lot of my posts are pretty much the highlight reel. I'm here to remind you that, for the most part, you definitely get the highlights of my life.

With that in mind here is my behind-the-scenes from yesterday's post, Pen Pals.

It has been a while since the boys crafted so that part went well. The problem began when Sun Kissed Boy #1 started writing the letter.

Me: Use your good handwriting. Make sure you capitalize at the beginning of the sentence and put a period at the end. 

SKB #1: Yes, mom. [Annoyed sigh, already]

Me: Tell the cousins what your favorite things are, books, movies, foods, TV Shows. Then ask your brothers their favorites and write those.

[SKB #1 writes silently for a little bit. Then talks as he writes.]

SKB #1: My favorite TV show is "Curb Your Enthusiasm".

Me: Really. Curb Your Enthusiasm, really? You know you're not allowed to watch that show. You've never seen the show. You've seen a preview, what, once?

SKB #1: But it IS my favorite!

Me: Why don't you write your real favorite show. Phineas and Ferb, Wizards of Waverly Place, one of those.

SKB #1: But Curb Your Enthusiasm is my very favorite. 

Me: [Frustration quickly invading my body] Fine! You know what? Why don't you write the cousins this, "Hi, I'm your cousin from Florida. I'm a liar! I'm a big, fat, liar!" You might as well say that because you don't watch Curb Your Enthusiasm and you're telling them you do.

SKB #1: [Defeated and frustrated all at once] Ok. My favorite TV show is Phineas and Ferb.

SKB #1 to SKB #2: Who's your favorite singer?

SKB #2: Justin Bieber. 

SKB #1: Ok, I'm not gonna write that. They'll think he's gay.

Me: What?! They will not?! That does not! What are you talking about?!

SKB #1: Boys don't like Justin Bieber. 

SKB #2: Yes, I do! I'm a boy!

Me: [Not wanting to get into a "gay" discussion in front of my 4 and 5 year olds.]  I will talk to you about that later. For now HE likes Justin, NOW WRITE IT!

SKB #1: But Justin Bieber sucks.

Me in my head: He sings better than you!
Me to SKB #1: Give me the letter. I'll finish it.

SKB #1: Ok, ok. I'll write it.

Here's the best thing I did that afternoon, I walked away. Sometimes that's the best choice instead of getting frustrated and letting my 9-year-old push my buttons. I'm hoping he didn't tell the cousins he invented the Internet. 

See? Isn't seeing the highlight reel a lot better?

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Anonymous said...

Yanet. Great post! I'm borrowing that quote. So very, very true!

Cassie Bustamante said...

this is hilarious! i love it! sawyer is always asking me to play justin bieber and i am like "dude, i don't own any justin bieber, nor will i but it!" but he keeps asking anyhow.

michelle said...

Hunny, anyway you give it to us, I love it. I have had those days, alot lately, and it is good to know that there are other moms out there that feel like I do.

Love the quote too. Hang in there girl.

Unknown said...

If we're all honest - our "behind the scenes" are very comparable to this one!
Thanks for sharing1

Tara said...

This is definitely a conversation I would have with my 9 year old! It was torture getting my 6 year old to write two sentences as a Thank You letter to his uncle. TORTURE!

There are many-a-times I have to walk away and not-so-quietly close my bedroom door to prevent a mommy breakdown.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

That cracked me up! And brought back a lot of memories. Kids are a hoot! And I have to agree with skb#1's thoughts of Justin Bieber!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

No! It's not a lot better! It's different, but this stuff is great! You can't make this stuff up~it makes me laugh, so I think it's awesome. :)